Merchant Marine Combat Bar

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Merchant Marine Combat Bar
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Merchant Marine Combat Bar
Awarded by United States Maritime Administration
TypeIndividual Award
Awarded forUnder enemy attack
Campaign(s)Second World War
StatusNo longer issued
EstablishedMay 10, 1943
Total awarded114,145
Next (higher)Merchant Marine Mariner's Medal
Next (lower)Merchant Marine Defense Bar

The Merchant Marine Combat Bar is a decoration of the United States Merchant Marine. The decoration was established by an Act of Congress on 10 May 1943.


The decoration is awarded to members of the Merchant Marine who served on a ship when it was attacked or damaged by an enemy or an instrument of war, such as a mine during the second World War. This award is a ribbon bar only. Further prescribed is the issuance a silver star to be attached to such bar to seamen who are forced to abandon ship when it is so attacked or damaged. For each additional abandonment, an additional star is attached. It is no longer awarded.

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